Not everyone loves animals or books or even weird foods, but most people love music—at least to some degree. Whether you are into top forty music or oldies and classic rock from your mother’s hippie days (my personal favorite), there are plenty of ways to share your love of music with your date, and hopefully connect through that interest while you’re at it. Here are just a few.
Go to a concert. This is the most obvious musical date, right? But you don’t have to go to the latest U2 concert (whether you can afford to go or not) when there are so many musical adventures right at your fingertips. Detroit, after all, is the home of Motown; if you can’t find an amazing club, bar band, coffeehouse performance, or other musical adventure here, you can’t find one anywhere! Check the college listings for classical performances by students as well as local bands. Ask around at your favorite pubs and bars to see where the best local talent will be playing next. There’s likely something to do every weekend, if not every night.
Share your collection. Believe it or not, one of the most romantic dates I can remember is one where we bought some cheap convenience store eats—loaded hot dogs and drinks—and hung out in the car, listening to each other’s CDs. It was really fun to hear what we both loved to listen to and to be introduced to new music. Can you believe that he didn’t even know who Led Zeppelin was?! He has “Kashmir” on his car playlist to this day. We also listened to my old record collection in the dark, laying side by side on my old ottoman as the music crackled. There’s no better way to listen to Journey or REO Speedwagon, I assure you.
Jam together. If you both play instruments, have a private musical performance a la Once. Talk about one of the most romantic moments in movie history! If you can pull it off in a music store, all the better, of course—though it could be fun to set up your own street performance, complete with a guitar case open for tips (there’s your money for coffee afterward!). And if your instruments don’t work together, simply play a song for one another. Too shy to pull this off? Just browse the music store and share music through headphones, or try out a few instruments together quietly.